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My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

My Town: City vehicles up for bid in July 17 auction

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The City of Grand Rapids is auctioning off some of its wheels.

Six vehicles used by the city will be up for bid beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 17.   The vehicles include three Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers, one Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and two GMC Sierra pick-up trucks. 

The auction will take place at M & W Inc., located at 979 West River Center Drive NE in Comstock Park.  All buyers should be prepared to pay in cash or check.  To view the vehicles, visit the auction site here.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

My Town Sparta: Volunteers needed to help pull off Freedom Cruise

SPARTA, Mich.—The Sparta Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help when the five-day Freedom Cruise rolls into the area.

The inaugural event will arrive in Sparta June 26.  From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the village will shut down Main Street for the Motor Festival, featuring cars and bikes as well as entertainment, food and beverages. At 6 p.m. an honor cruise will take drivers and riders from Comstock Park High School to Sparta.  Proceeds from the ride will go toward the Finish the Mission veteran relief fund.

The Chamber of Commerce is looking for approximately 20 volunteers to direct visitors to parking as well as restaurants and businesses they may want to visit.  There are two shifts: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Those interested in helping are asked to call the Chamber at (616) 887-2454.

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

Opinion: Courtesy uncommon behind the wheel

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy at all but I am fast becoming someone who thinks a lot of us have lost any and all regard for etiquette and courtesy.

As an example, I get a little perturbed when sitting at a traffic light at Alpine and Three Mile Road NW, maybe three to four cars back, the light turns green but no one is moving and there is nothing visible in the way of traffic. Just as the light turns yellow, the lead vehicle suddenly turns right and leaves all the remaining vehicles sitting there, not able to cross Alpine. How many guesses would it take for a person to realize the lead vehicle was either on the phone or texting, completely unaware of the traffic light or anyone around them. So inconsiderate.

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

My Town: Volunteers needed to help 'Stamp Out Hunger'

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Feeding America West Michigan is looking for people to help with its biggest volunteer event of the year, one month from today.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, also known as “Stamp Out Hunger”,  is scheduled for Saturday, May 10.  Feeding America is looking for volunteers to help move food from the post office to the Food Bank.  Help is needed from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at multiple locations around Grand Rapids.  To sign up or learn more, send an email with “NALC” in the subject line to Dena Rogers at DenaR@FeedingAmericaWestMichigan.org.

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

Freedom Cruise to help veterans coming in June

 

PLAINFIELD TWP., Mich. (WZZM) - A new event is coming to West Michigan this summer, all to benefit veterans.

 

The Freedom Cruise 2014 will take place June 25-29 and will feature car and bike events and cruises throughout West Michigan. The five-day event will be part of a fundraiser for local veterans through a new not-for-profit called Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund.

 

So far, the event has scheduled a Freedom Cruise on June 25 to kick off the event at Fifth Third Ballpark, featuring WLAV's Blues on the Mall and a custom car and bike show. At 7:00pm, there will be a baseball game between VetSports and Grand Rapids area police and fire personnel.

 

On Thursday, June 26th, there will be a Village Motor Festival in Sparta and on Friday, June 27th, History Channel's American Restoration, Rick & Kelly Dale will be at the Freedom Cruise Car and Bike Expo at the DeltaPlex.

 

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

Dozens of West Michigan Schools awarded field trip grants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Nearly three dozen West Michigan schools are getting a financial boost to help students learn outside the traditional classroom.

The Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs recently awarded more than $55,000 grants to 147 schools as part of its Arts & Culture Trek “Bus Grant” program.  Each school received up to $500 to help cover transportation costs for an arts or culture-related field trip through May 31.

 "These grants subsidize field trips across the state and expose thousands of students to arts, science and humanities experiences that enrich classroom learning.  Many of these trips would not have been possible in a year where most schools are continuing to cope with significant budget cuts," says Marianne Dorais, executive director of Michigan Youth Arts.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Comstock STEM Academy (Kalamazoo)
  • Cooper Elementary (Kalamazoo)
  • Kalamazoo C